Jono Dry’s How I Plan My Drawings has a nice suggestion
for how to zero in on the boundaries of an idea (in the context of an
artistic work, but it seems likely more widely applicable).
Namely — intentionally increase the failure rate of what you’re
trying to accomplish …
11 Foot 8
is the nickname of a bridge in North Carolina that everyone essentially crashes into.
There are a ton of videos on YouTube of various “can opening” crashes despite
numerous warning signs.
Blame the User
Sometimes it’s worth pondering this bridge in the context of “blame the …
Poka-Yoke is a methodology
in which a system is designed to methodologically discourage incorrect operation.
E.g. (from the above Wikipedia page):
a fixture that holds pieces for processing might be modified to only
allow pieces to be held in the correct orientation, or a digital
counter might track the …